Prayer To Have the Scriptures Illuminated
Four Prayers for Bible Reading
When we open our Bibles to read, we’re never alone.
The Holy Spirit hovers over and in the words of God, ready to stir our hearts, illumine our minds, and redirect our lives, all for the glory of Christ (John 16:14).
The Spirit is the X factor in Bible reading, making an otherwise ordinary routine supernatural — and making it utterly foolish to read and study without praying for our eyes, minds, and hearts.
Prayer is a conversation, but not one we start. God speaks first. His voice sounds in the Scriptures and climactically in the person and work of his Son. Then, wonder of all wonders, he stops, he stoops, he bends his ear to listen to us. Prayer is almost too good to be true. With our eyes on God’s words, he gives us his ear, too.
How then should we pray over our Bibles? Here are four verses you might pray as you open God’s word.
1. Psalm 119:18: Open My Eyes to Wonder
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things your law” (Psalm 119:18). We ask God to open our spiritual eyes to show us the glimpses of glory we cannot see by ourselves.
Without his help, we are simply “natural” persons with natural eyes.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand [see] them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
“The great goal of Bible reading and study is simply this: knowing and enjoying Jesus.”
“Seeing they do not” was Jesus’s phrase for those who saw him and his teaching only with natural eyes, without the illumining work of the Spirit (Matthew 13:13).
This is why Paul prays for Christians, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17–18).
Join the psalmist in praying not just for the gift of spiritual sight, but for the gift of seeing wondrous things in God’s word. Wonder is a great antidote for wandering. Those who cultivate awe keep their hearts warm and soft, and resist the temptations to grow cold and fall away.
2. Luke 18:38: Have Mercy on Me
Pray, the blind man begging by the roadside, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:38). For as long as we are in this life, sin encumbers every encounter with God in his word.
We fail friends and family daily — and even more, we fail God.
So it is fitting to accompany our opening of God’s word with the humble, broken, poor plea of the redeemed: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18:13).
Bible reading is a daily prompt to own our failures, newly repent, and freshly cast ourselves on his grace all over again. Prayer is the path to staying fascinated with his grace and cultivating a spirit of true humility.
3. James 1:22: Make Me a Doer of Your Word
Pray that God, having opened your eyes to wonder and reminded you of the sufficiency of his grace, would produce genuine change in your life.
Ask him to allow the seeds from Scripture to bear real, noticeable fruit in tangible acts of sacrificial love for others. “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).You need not artificially capture one, specific point of application from every passage, but pray that his word would shape and inform and direct your practical living.
Ask that he would make you more manifestly loving, not less, because of the time invested alone in reading and studying his word.
4. Luke 24:45: Open My Eyes to Jesus
This is another way of praying that God would open our eyes to wonder, just with more specificity. The works of God stand as marvelous mountain ranges in the Bible, but the highest peak, and the most majestic vista, is the person and work of his Son.
“Bible reading is a regular prompt to own our failures, repent, and cast ourselves on his grace all over again.”
As Jesus himself taught after his resurrection, he is the Bible’s closest thing to a skeleton key for unlocking the meaning of every text — every book, every plot twist, the whole story.
First, “he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27), then he taught his disciples that “everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44).
And in doing so, “he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45).
The great goal of Bible reading and study is this: knowing and enjoying Jesus. This is a taste now of heaven’s coming delights. “This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
This gives direction, focus, and purpose to our study. “Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord” (Hosea 6:3).
This forms great yearning and passion in our souls: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).Keep both eyes peeled for Jesus. Until we see how the passage at hand relates to Jesus’s person and work, we haven’t yet finished the single most important aspect of our reading.
We are desperate for God’s ongoing help to see, and so we pray.
Breakthrough Prayer and Scriptures
Are you looking for a breakthrough? Waiting for something to happen that hasn’t happened in a long time?
God has a specific formula on how to get your breakthrough. Why is it some people can pray prayers and things happen right away while others have to wait for such a long time for anything to happen? We would to share with you some scriptures and a step by step formula and prayer to step into your breakthrough for this year.
First, let’s look at some bible scriptures that give an outline for breakthrough and let’s look at some stories in the bible on how men and women of God have received exactly what they asked for in prayer.
1. Confess your sins. Repent.
There are some that think because we are Christians we don’t sin. This is not truth. We are still sinners and we sin just about everyday in our thoughts and deeds.
Some are sins of commission (we did something wrong) or sins of omission (we failed to do something that we should do) Therefore, we need to ask for forgiveness of our sin BEFORE we ask God to give us anything.
We have to make sure that there is nothing standing in the way of our prayers being answered.
Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Psalm 66:18-20 (NIV)
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!”
2. Make sure that what you are asking for is the will of God
God is not going to answer prayers that are not according to His will. Find the scriptures in the bible that support your request and this will be the basis of your request. God’s word is the truth and He is obligated to fulfill His word.
1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
John 8:32 (NIV)
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
3. Ask God to endow you with faith to believe
For the breakthrough to happen you must have faith that God will answer your prayer.
Acts 1:8 (NIV)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
4. Be Persistent. This is the most important point.
Ask, Seek, Knock! Ask, Seek, Knock! Imagine that I walk up to a house and I Ask someone outside if “so and so” is inside the house, I received no answer so my next step is to walk up to the house and Seek out the person so I may say “Hello, is “so and so” home?”. Then I take it a step further and I knock. When you are knocking on a door, you knock until someone opens it.
The action of Knocking is repetitive. Go ahead, start knocking on a door and you’ll see that it’s not knocking until you’ve done it several times. No one goes up to a door, whispers, raps on it once and thinks that someone will answer. Therefore, when you go to God in prayer…Ask, Seek, KNOCK. Don’t get tired of asking…keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking.
This is a continual motion.
Matthew 7:7-12 (NIV) Ask, Seek, Knock
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Here’s another story of persistence…
Luke 18:1-8 (NIV)
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.
And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused.
But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
And a story of faith and persistence in prayer…
1 Kings 18:41-45 (NIV)
And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
“There is nothing there,” he said.
Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.
We trust that this formula will help you to receive the breakthrough that you have been waiting for.
Here’s a prayer for your breakthrough
Most High God, I come before you covered under the blood of Jesus and I thank you for the forgiveness that He has imparted to me by dying for my sins. Forgive me of my iniquities and specifically for the sin of _________________________. I pray that you will give me the grace to continue to walk in truth and not fall into that sin again.
I pray that you would bind the hand of the enemy so that I will not be tempted in this area again but I know that if he comes again you will provide a way for me to escape the temptation. Give me the heart and mind of Christ to love You as You have loved me. I pray that you would give me the faith to believe for the breakthrough in the area of __________________.You know how long I have waited for this. Forgive me for my sin of unbelief. Speak to my heart and show me if this is Your will. I know you are obligated to fulfill Your word. You are not a man that you should lie or the son of a man that you need to repent. I know Your word and Your promises are Yes and Amen.
I can rely on Your immutability and on the answer to this prayer. Bring scriptures to my heart and mind that I can use to stand on your promises and receive my breakthrough. Most of all God grant me a persistent heart that I can continue to Ask, Seek & Knock until you open that door.
Thank you for creating this opportunity where I have to bow my knee to your power and trust You. I ask all of these things in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
When you get the scriptures that are specifically targeting your need, speak them daily and watch what the Lord will do!
We are certain that God will do a new thing in your life in this area and we would to hear from you. Leave us a comment below.
Here is a list of bible verses numerous topics find the one that refers to you and use these for declarations.
You can also call one of the prayer lines and someone will pray with you over the phone.
Here are some Scriptures on faith and a Prayer for faith
Bible Verses on Prayer
The Scriptures are full of Bible verses on prayer, giving us insight into how important prayer is and how necessary it is for us to pray.
There are many bible passages that teach us how to pray, and others that record the prayers of others. God has called all Christians to pray without ceasing and to speak to him whenever we have needs or requests.
Prayer makes a great subject for a topical sermon, and study of prayer can benefit any Christian. We have searched through the entire Bible to identify and quote the best 20 prayer bible verses we could find.
“Pray without ceasing,”[English Standard Version, 1 Thessalonians 5:17]
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”[Mark 11:24]
“Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.”[Psalm 55:17]
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;”[Isaiah 55:6]
“But I, O Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.”[Psalm 88:13]
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”[Matthew 6:6]
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”[Ephesians 6:18]
“wise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”[Romans 8:26]
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”[James 5:16]
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”[Philippians 4:6]
“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!”[Psalm 4:1]
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”[James 5:14]
“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life–to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.”[1 John 5:16]
“Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.”[Hebrews 13:18]
“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;”[1 Timothy 2:8]
“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”[Luke 11:1]
“Brothers, pray for us.”[1 Thessalonians 5:28]
“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.”[Hebrews 5:7]
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”[1 John 5:14-15]
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”[Psalm 145:18]
What do these Bible verses teach us?
The command to pray without ceasing is just one of the things we learn in these Bible verses on prayer. We also discover that God wants Christians to talk to him and ask him for the things they need.
Even Jesus prayed and taught us how to pray, suggesting we simply ask for what we need without any necessity of long wordy prayers for God to hear us.
When we do pray to God, we learn that we must ask in sincere faith, believing that God will hear us and answer our prayers. In addition, these passages instruct us that our prayers must be according to God’s will to be granted. And we also must be living a godly life to be heard. Even when we don’t know what to pray, one verse above tells us the Holy Spirit will intercede for us.
Add a Bible Verse or Comment
The Art and Science of Prayer
“Ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer.”
— – John 16:24: – Christian Bible
The terms prayer, manifestation, visualization, incantation, etc. are all closely related. They all involve the willful act of bringing something into reality, attracting a situation or circumstance or creating something from seemingly nothing. Not all concepts of prayer or prayer practices are equally effective.
The questions have been asked: Why are some prayers not answered while others are? Why do some people seem to have their prayers answered while others don't?
There are two ways to look at prayer dynamics. This derives directly from the concept of two paradigms.
(1) One type of prayer involves being connected to the Source or to God. Prayers of this type are “in harmony” with the Divine Intent of creation. This perspective is what we as individuals are part of the greater whole and can, therefore, draw upon the greater power to create. Through this greater consciousness or being, creation can occur where none existed before.
(2) Prayer is a magical creation, the result of our application of will and energy to shape our reality. In this perspective, “reality” is the mirror of our beliefs, our assumptions about what is true and what is not.In this perspective, “manifesting”, casting “spells” or “incantations”, and “creating through visualization” all represent a version of prayer that is the application of will and energy.
The limitation of this perspective is that it is only as powerful as our beliefs, our personal energy, and our will.
Both of these concepts produce results. The difference between these two concepts and their techniques is only in their intent. In the first, one recognizes a greater wisdom than one's own ego and defers to the greater wisdom.
The first is far more powerful and requires that we act in harmony with the higher Intent of the rest of creation. Edgar Cayce often said, “Why worry when you can pray?” Worry will accomplish nothing. Prayer works.
It influences situations, people, and outcomes.
Gregg Braden in The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy (Amazon Link) a valuable observation.
By studying ancient scriptures the Dead Sea scrolls and Tibetan Buddhist practices, he found that prayer was accomplished through feeling, gratitude, acknowledgement, and acceptance.
The “lost” mode of prayer, from Braden's perspective, is a form of prayer that has no words, no outward expression, and is based simply in feeling.
One of his examples is a Native American man who “prayed rain” (not prayed for rain) by stepping into a medicine wheel circle and “feeling” the rain on his skin, “smelling” the moisture in the air, “feeling” the mud between his toes, and acknowledging that reality. Specifically, this mode of prayer invites us to feel the appreciation and gratitude in our heart, as if our prayers have already been answered, even if the world appears to show us otherwise.
The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what Heaven's kingdom is .” He said to them, “It's a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.” – Thomas 20 – the New Testament apocrypha in the Nag Hammadi library (Wikipedia Link) or Nag Hammadi library (Amazon Link)It is not the Intent of this mode of prayer to “make” something happen in a situation where we may not agree with what life is showing us.
The ancients understood that to use prayer is an “abomination” when used to impose our will where our will is not in harmony with the greater good.
To impose our idea of what should or should not be, anywhere in the world or upon another person, is a form of manipulation and a misuse of our gift of prayer when we are acting against the greater good or the Intent of Creation.
Energy is required to accomplish manifestation or effective prayer. It also requires appropriate application of that energy. So, what is appropriate application? An appropriate application is conducting prayer actions that are in harmony with the greater good of all concerned.
The greater good, in this sense, means acting in harmony with the Spiritual purpose of the individual. So, how do we know what is in harmony with our Spiritual purpose or that of others? The best way is to ask. That can be done through meditation.
Where there is a difference in the purpose and intent on the Spiritual and conscious levels, our first obligation is to respect the Spiritual level.
The Huna Perspective on Prayer
Recall the three minds model of the consciousness of the human being. For effective prayer (or effective anything else), the three minds must be aligned.
The conscious self has the ability to think, evaluate and make choices. The conscious self must be very clear on what it is conceiving and submitting to a prayer action. The conscious self must also still its ego and thought processes in order to “know” the greater wisdom within and to follow it.
The subconscious self is endowed with memory, imagery and emotion. Braden's “lost mode of prayer” is a method of addressing the subconscious self rather than the conscious self.The subconscious self may also be encumbered by complexes such as guilt, judgment, and other limitations which block the flow of thought and energy between the conscious self and Superconscious self.
These complexes must be resolved for the individual to be healthy and able to function effectively as a whole being.
The Superconscious self is that part of ourself that is closest to “God” or the “Source”. The Superconscious self holds the perfect image of our physical and etheric bodies. The Superconscious self also holds the memory and awareness of our connection to the Infinite collective consciousness.
The Huna Prayer
A key concept of the Huna prayer is to empower the prayer action with energy, or mana. One of the huna methods of accumulating energy is called the Ha rite. There are many ways to do a ha rite, and all of them work.
A Ha rite is simply breathing deeply with the intent to accumulate a mana surcharge in the physical and etheric bodies before prayer, then select a prayer picture and feeling, then send the prayer picture, feeling and intent with the mana surcharge to your 'Aumakua or Superconscious self.
It need not be more complicated than that. Here is a basic description of the Ha rite.
The Ha Rite
Cup and hold your hands so that your finger tips are about an inch or two apart, and spread your fingers so none of them touch one another (this prevents you from grounding the energy back into your body).
Recall that in meditation we keep out fingers and palms in contact so that we do ground the energy in our bodies. A good time to do this is at the conclusion of the meditation.
Slowly pull the hands apart while breathing deeply and with the intent of building a surcharge of mana between your hands.
You should slow your breath to 5 breaths a minute or less compared to the normal 15-18 breaths a minute.
The tradition is to use four sets of four breaths or even 10 sets of four breaths to build a mana surcharge for the prayer. Visualize your prayer picture.
The more mana you pour into the prayer picture the brighter and more realistic the prayer picture becomes. Use intent to put mana into the space between your hands.
When you feel the mana surcharge growing between your hands, you will feel a pulsing, tingling, heat, or a dense force between your hands.When you are satisfied with the mana surcharge, and prayer picture or intent, expel a quick burst of breath and visualize it going around the prayer picture and the mana surcharge binding them together.
Then separate your hands and allow the prayer picture and mana surcharge to float away to be taken by your Superconscious mind. The same sense of “feeling” is applied here as described above.
Perhaps this is the same process described by Edgar Cayce when he said:
“Thy prayers ascend to the throne of God, and the angel of each entity stands before the throne to make intercession. Not as a physical throne, no; but that consciousness in which we may be so attuned that we become one with the whole in lending power and strength to each entity for whom you speak and pray.” –Edgar Cayce Reading 3954-1
Recall that the subconscious mind communicates through images and feelings and a “sense of understanding” and not language.
Does your prayer picture and feeling maintain harmony and balance? Is there any element of competition, conflict or ego in your visualization? Does the visualization acknowledge that the prayer has already been answered? Have you illuminated the visualization with mana?
The concept of the two paradigms applies to the Huna model of prayer. When a prayer is made that is in harmony with the Source, all three selves are in alignment and the effect is powerful indeed. When there is separation from the Source, the three selves are not aligned and the energy and power available for manifestation is limited.
Once the prayer has been visualized, felt, filled with energy, and acknowledged as reality, release it and leave it alone.
Application of Prayer
Formulate four prayers, send them out, and recognize the results when they appear:
(1) For understanding something that you have a desire to understand.
(2) For new knowledge and understanding about something important but presently completely unknown by you.
(3) Something specific for the benefit or healing of another.
(4) Something specific for the benefit or healing of yourself.
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